Showing posts with label Software Defined Radio. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Software Defined Radio. Show all posts

Friday, December 26, 2014

Listening to Digital Radio Mondiale

The versatility of the Software Defined Radio doesn't seem to have boundaries. While exploring the HF bands, I tried to decode the occasionally received signal from Vatican Radio (, which as of this writing was the only station I could identify as sometimes transmitting in DRM.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

SDR - going higher in the wavelengths

While a 22 - 1400 MHz band coverage is pretty cool (given the price of the hardware), there is still more beyond (and below) these bands. In particular LF, MF and HF bands are interesting for a number of reasons:

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Again with the SDR (Software Defined Radio) craze

After I bought my first RTL-SDR dongle (regarding which I made this post covering APT satellite (weather) image reception: ), it's been sitting on the bench without much use. More recently I found extra stuff that could be interesting to take a look at, such as ADS-B reception (decoding commercial aircraft transponder signals) and less earthly things such as a doing some radio-astronomy, which includes for example trying to detect the 1420 MHz hydrogen line RF signal emitted from within our galaxy (it's a very exact frequency almost as accurate as our atomic clocks).

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Receiving weather satellite images with cheap hardware

Before the Internet, anyone willing to independently obtain satellite imagery from the source would need to buy expensive equipment capable of decoding the analog slow scan video images transmitted by weather satellites  such as the NOAA APT ones. Today there are four of these NOAA satellites still operational, the NOAA-18, 17, 15 and 19. All of these are sun-synchronous satellites, which means these orbit the earth at around 800 Km of altitude and cross every latitude at approximately the same mean local solar time for each pass. This kind of orbit is useful because of the consistent illumination (by the sun) of the target upon each pass.

Saturday, March 22, 2008